Explore of more than items in the Gilcrease collection of art, artifacts and archival materials that tell the history of North America.
Incised shell cup, ca. 1250-1300, probably for ritual purposes, such as the consumption of Black Drink, depicting warriors, male chief-priests, or perhaps supernatural figures bedecked with jewelry, beaded fore-locks, columella pendants, elaborate hair styles and headdresses, ear spools, and body paint and tattoos.
Cherokee native shell gorget with 'Water spider' motif. The spider was believed…
A Mississippian culture Hightower style Birdman themed shell gorget from the Hixon Site in Hamilton County, Tennessee and now housed at the Frank H. McClung Museum in Knoxville, Tennessee.
A Mississippian culture Citico style herpetomorphic themed shell gorget found in Anderson County, Tennessee.
A Mississippian culture Williams Island style or Spaghetti style Birdman themed shell gorget.
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The All Seeing Eye: Sacred Origins of a Hijacked Symbol
This stone artifact, known as the Rattlesnake Disk - it also shows the old symbol "Hand of Fatima"- is Moundville's best known find. It was found by a farmer plowing his field. (This image courtesy Moundville Archaeological Park)
Mississippian culture vessel from the Berry site in Missouri. Features an incised feline motif. This photo shows the bottom of the cat vessel. What's neat about this pot is that it combines two creatures typically associated with the Mississippian Lowerworld - i.e., the cat and serpent. In this photo you can actually see the rattles on the serpent's tail on the left side and the critter's head on the right side.
Native American war shirts used by southwest Indian tribes are a very interesting part of American history. Worn by braves as badges of honor, they represented the bravery of the warrior during battle. Indian war shirts were often made of buckskin and dec